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Roland Corporation (ローランド株式会社 Rōrando Kabushiki Kaisha) is a Japanese manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, electronic equipment and software. It was founded by Ikutaro Kakehashi in Osaka on April 18, 1972, with ¥33 million in capital. In 2005, Roland's headquarters relocated to Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture. Today it has factories in Italy, Taiwan, Japan, and the USA. As of March 31, 2010, it employed 2,699 employees. It has existed in different forms since 1960, making it relatively old among still-operating manufacturers of musical electronics. Known for hundreds of popular synthesizers, drum machines, and other instruments, Roland has been one of the top names in professional music equipment since the late 1970s.

Kakehashi founded Ace Electronic Industries in 1960, a manufacturer of numerous combo organs, guitar amplifiers, and effects pedals. He was also contracted by Hammond to produce rhythm machines for the company's line of home organs. In 1973, Kakehashi cut ties with both companies to found Roland.

As with many Japanese start-ups of the period, the name Roland was selected for export purposes as Kakehashi was interested in a name that was easy to pronounce for his worldwide target markets. Rumour has long circulated that he named his company after the French epic poem La Chanson de Roland. In reality, the name Roland was found in a telephone directory. Kakehashi opted for it as he was satisfied with the simple two-syllable word and its soft consonants. The letter "R" was chosen because it was not used by many other music equipment companies, and would therefore stand out in trade show directories and industry listings. Kakehashi did not learn of "The Song Of Roland" until later.

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Owner's manual for the Roland TR-505. Initialization, panel description, outline of the TR-505, connections, operation (manual playing, demonstration program, playing the preset rhythm patterns, track writing and playing, writing and playing rhythm patterns, about scale and last step, useful functions in pattern writing mode, other useful functions), tape memory, MIDI, specifications. Roland Corporation, 1986.
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Owner's manual for the Roland TR-909 rhythm composer. Operation, Basic Course (Sound Check, Pattern Write and Play, Track Program and Play, Tape Interface), Advanced Course (Variations of Writing Rhythm Patterns, Edit Functions, Other Functions), MIDI, Specifications/Options.
Topics: rhythm, pattern, enter, press, shift, button, tempo, track, key, mode, rhythm pattern, shift...
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Owner's manual for the Roland TR-626 Rhythm Composer. Warnings, panel descriptions, important notices, outline of the TR-626, connections, basic operation (checking drum voices & sound output, a brief description of rhythm writing, playing & writing rhythm patterns, track writing & playing), applications (functions to use while pattern writing, functions to use while track writing, functions to use while playing a track, miscellaneous functions), storing rhythm patterns in external...
Topics: measure, step, key, drum, rhythm, data, pattern, midi, push, mode, drum voice, drum voices, rhythm...
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Owner's manual for the Roland U-20 RS-PCM Keyboard. Features, Important Notes, Playing: Step 1 (Before You Play, Listen to the ROM Songs, Introducing the U-20, Try Out the Sounds), Playing: Step 2 (Using and Setting the Performance Functions, Creating a Chord Set), Editing (Before You Create Your Own Sounds, Sound Patch Settings, Edit the Timbre Settings, Rhythm Set Settings), System Setups (About MIDI, How the U-20 Uses MIDI, Taking Full Advantage of the U-20), Summary (Play Mode and...
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Operation manual for the Roland Rhythm Composer TR-808. Introductions, front and back panel layout, control descriptions, basic connections, playing rhythm patterns, writing rhythm patterns, composing the rhythm track, specifications.
Topics: rhythm, selector, mode, basic, variation, rhythms, switch, programming, program, button, basic...
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Owner's manual for the Roland XV-5050 synthesizer. Using the Unit Safely, Important Notes, Features, Panel Descriptions, Getting Ready, Quick Start (Playing Sounds, Turning Effects On and Off, Making a List of Your Favorite Patches, Connecting to a Computer, About Patches and Performance), Advanced Use (Creating a Patch, Creating a Rhythm Set, Creating a Performance, Using the XV-5050 Effects, Saving a Sound You Create, Other Settings/Status Checks, Using the XV-5050 as a General MIDI Sound...
Topics: poly, midi, parameter, frequency, settings, sound, output, rhythm, delay, adjusts, frequency range,...
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Owner's manual for the Roland XV-2020 synthesizer. Using the Unit Safely, Important Notes, Features, Front and Rear Panel, Getting Ready to Play, For Those Using a Computer, About Patches and Performance, Quick Start (Playing Sounds), Advanced Use (Creating a Patch, Creating a Rhythm Set, Creating a Performance, Using the XV-2020 Effects, Saving a Sound You Create, Establishing Settings for an Entire XV-2020 (SYSTEM COMMON), Other Settings, Using the XV-2020 as a General MIDI Sound Module,...
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Q&A and sound list for the Roland XV-5080 synthesizer. Q&A (data compatibility, saving data, memory cards, control from a MIDI device, playing back data with MIDI sequencers, issues common to all modes, issues related to all modes, issues related to performance mode, issues related to patch mode, issues related to rhythm sets, issues related to effects, issues related to connections, searching and organising patches, expansion boards, playback of sampler data, SIMMs, DISKS, digital out,...
Topics: poly, mono, kick, tom, cga, mute, rock, patch, bass, hihat, verb tom, bank select, long guiro, cga...
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Owner's manual for the Roland U-220. Listening to ROM Play, Important Notes, Front Panel & Rear Panel, Main Features, How to use this manual, How to Play the Sounds, About MIDI (how MIDI data is communicated, MIDI data used by the U-220), Introducing the U-220 (how the sounds generator is organized, memory structure, sound output, how MIDI data is received, operation), Function Reference (play mode, edit mode (setup settings, patch setting, editing a timbre, editing a rhythm set), data mode...
Topics: rhythm, data, timbre, midi, settings, patch, pitch, mode, parameter, set, rhythm set, program...
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Service notes for the Roland TR-808. Specifications, panel removal, chip diagrams, TR-808 circuit description, main board diagram, switch board diagram, jack board A diagram, power supply diagram, voicing board diagram, adjustment, checking voices, troubleshooting, DC supply, status switch scanning, RAM stored data, trigger pulse, design changes & improvements, parts list. First edition, second printing, Roland Corporation, July 12 1983.
Topics: pin, cpu, output, signal, data, tempo, trig, generator, sound, power, common trig, tempo clock,...
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Owner's manual for the Roland TB-303. Contents: Battery Replacement and Precautions, Bass and the TB-303, The Basic Idea Behind the TB-303, Connection and Initial Settings, Writing and Playing a Bass Line (Part 1), The Tone Control Section and Tuning, Writing the Length of the Notes (Alternative Method), Writing and Playing a Bass Line (Part 2), To write your own Bass Lines, Useful Functions of the Track, Applied Method of the TB-303, Troubleshooting, Sound Range Table, Specifications.
Topics: pattern, measure, bass, mode, selector, button, track, press, pitch, writing, bass pattern, step...
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Roland: SDE-1000 owner's manual
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Owner's manual for the Roland W-30 for FD. Features, Panel Descriptions, Important Notes, About This Manual, First Steps (connections, disks supplied, booting up, backing up system disk, performance play, sequencer play), Overview (the W-30's three functions, sequencer, about sound data, interrelation of functions, about the system, memory), Operating the W-30 (operation modes, basic procedures), A Functional Guide (changing volume, changing output sockets, changing the number of voices of each...
Topics: data, midi, tone, song, wave, sound, patch, disk, parameters, track, wave data, sound data,...
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Reference manual for the Roland VP-9000 Variphrase Processor. Using the Unit Safely, Important Notes, Contents, What Can I Do With the VP-9000, Front and Rear Panel, Getting Ready, An Overview of the VP-9000, Playing Sounds, Sample Settings, Performance Settings, Effects Settings, Creating and Editing Waves (Sampling), Organizing Internal Samples, Overall Settings for the VP-9000, Saving Your Settings, Backing Up Your Data, Restoring the Original Settings, Application Examples, Appendices...
Topics: aaaa, oaaa, sample, settings, gain, frequency, press, parameter, low, specifies, oaaa aaaa, load...
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Q&A and sound list for the Roland XV-3080 synthesizer. Q&A (data compatibility, controlling with a MIDI device, playing back with MIDI sequencers, issues common to all modes, issues related to rhythm sets, issues related to performance (mode), issues related to patch (mode), issues related to rhythm sets, issues related to effects, searching & organizing patches, expansion boards, other issues), patch list, rhythm set list, performance list, demo songs & profile of the...
Topics: poly, mono, kick, rock, mute, tom, cga, patch, hihat, bass, verb tom, bank select, cga open, long...
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Roland SPD20 OwnersManual
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Roland M512E Instructions
Topics: sie, die, carte, dans, roland, karte, nicht, batterie, auf, memory card, carte memoire, sie die,...
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Roland TD20 OwnersManual
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Owner's manual for the Roland TR-606. Introduction, Basic Course (basic connections, front and back panel layout, writing rhythm patterns, playing rhythm patterns, composing the rhythm track, playing the rhythm track), Advanced Course (control descriptions, other connections, playing rhythm patterns, writing rhythm patterns, composing the rhythm track, sample rhythms, specifications).
Topics: rhythm, selector, track, button, pattern, bar, step, press, tap, patterns, pattern group, rhythm...
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Service notes from the Roland Juno-106 synthesizer. Specifications, block diagram, module board, IC data, panel board, CPU board, module board, bender board, fuse board, power supply board, adjustment procedure. First edition from July 31, 1984. Roland Corporation.
Topics: test, vcf, cpu, vca, dco, key, board, poly, bender, pwm, jack board, cpu board, slave cpu,...